Parker Institute board member named President-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently announced the appointment of Margaret Hamburg as their president-elect. Hamburg is and has been a firm advocate in the role that science plays in our lives today as well as in the future.

While the potential is enormous for new discoveries in science that can greatly impact people’s lives, Hamburg stresses that new discoveries must be analyzed and acted upon quickly. She also feels strongly that educating others about the role that science plays is important.

She has personally advocated for less tobacco use and increased food safety procedures. Hamburg is also a board member of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy research. Jeffrey Bluestone, Ph.D, President and CEO of Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy said, “Peggy’s deep knowledge and experience in science, health care and regulatory affairs has been invaluable as we push the boundaries in cancer immunotherapy research,”. In addition, he feels confident of her ability to provide strong strategic direction to the Parker Institute.

The Parker Institute works tirelessly to find breakthrough immune therapies that have the ability to turn cancer into a curable disease. They do so by utilizing research findings of top researchers in the field and converting them into groundbreaking patient treatment plans.

Currently, the Parker Institute network consists of six treatment centers and more than 40 nonprofit as well as industry partners. They also represent 300 of the country’s top researchers in the field whose focus is on eradication of some of today’s deadliest cancers.

Dr. Hamburg brings with her an impressive resume of experience, including being the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to that, Dr. Hamburg served as vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

The Parker Institute is an unrivaled collaboration of the country’s leading cancer centers and experts. The greatest minds in science, research, immunology, and cancer medicine partner together to provide cutting-edge technology for today’s patients.

Who Comes To Miami To Collect Art?

There are quite a few celebrities who come to Miami to collect art, and they are in need of art that will help them invest their money in a better way. They are searching for simple ways to earn money from investments, and they may go so far as to use their investments over the long term. They may not sell for some time, and this article explains how Miami has become a hub for art collection.

#1: Many Artists Are In The City

The city of Miami is a place where artists often come to ensure they may have room to work. They are visited by stars such as Leonardo DiCarpio, George Lindemann, and Alicia Keys often, and they all come to the city because they know it is easy to invest in art when they travel to Florida. They may vacation in the city, and they may buy art while they are in the region.

#2: Basel Art Festival

Basel in a lovely art festival that is largest in the world, and it is one that brings people close to all the artists in the city. They may meet with artists, and they are free to ask as many questions of each artist to ensure they are buying the proper art for them. Someone who is new to collecting art may learn quite a lot, and someone who wishes to begin collecting art may start at the festival because they will see all the art they could ever want.

#3: The Design District

The Design District in Miami is quite large, and it is expanding every day to ensure there is more room for art in the city. Someone who needs more art may come there to visit shops in the area, and they will see artists who are new to them. They may come back every time they are in the city, and they will learn how simple it is to have a new piece of art made just for them. Direct orders are common, and they will help the artist have more work coming in that is paid for in advance.

The finest of all art is made in Miami today, and it is sold to those who are looking at investing for many years to come. Everyone who is investing in the city will find artists they love, and they may come back many times to invest in new pieces.

The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Review

Thousands of entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors from around the world attended the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Stanford, California. The Global Entrepreneurship Summit was previously hosted by the governments of Malaysia, Turkey, Kenya, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. The 2016 GES showcased inspiring entrepreneurs and investors who want to promote collaboration and partnership. The 2016 GES hoped to connect American entrepreneurs and investors with their peers from around the world, with the goal of forming long lasting partnerships. The Summit featured different workshops, panels, competitions, and networking sessions. All of the activities were designed to give participants the opportunities to acquire skills and build relationships that will help them become successful.

Origins of The Summit
The event was organized by the United States Department of State and initiated by United States President Barack Obama. President Obama believes that events like the Global Entrepreneurship Summit will help connect people around the World and help us tackle the global challenges together. The United States has emphasized entrepreneurship throughout the world by developing unique ecosystems, promoting stronger business climates, building networks of innovators and partnering with the private sector to promote job growth.

Diversity is Celebrated
The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted entrepreneurs and investors from over 100 different countries who looked forward to showing their work, along with mentoring and networking. The Summit is a symbol of how investors and entrepreneurs are promoting the culture of entrepreneurship throughout the world. President Obama was the featured speaker at the 2016 GES. President Obama continues to advocate for more entrepreneurship among women, minorities, and youth. Other attendees of the 2016 GES include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Ruba Al Hassan and United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba (

Looking Ahead to Next Year 
While meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House, President Obama announced that India will host the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Some of the guest speakers scheduled to attend this year’s Summit include; Times Internet CEO Gautam Sinha, Barefoot College International CEO Meagan Fallone, Careers 360 CEO Maheshwar Peri, and Pepperdine University Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Larry William Cox.

Snap Shares Soar by 50 Percent on First Day of Trading

Snap started trading at $24 a share on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, soaring more than 50 percent from its pricing.

The company, trading under the ticker SNAP, priced its 200 million share public offering at $17 a share on Wednesday. The IPO was 12 times oversubscribed, sources said.

After opening shortly before 11:20 a.m. on Thursday in New York, shares traded around $24.40 a share, up 44 percent, with 64 million shares changing hands. The opening price of $24 puts the company’s market capitalization at about $33 billion, about the size of Marriott and Target.

The young ephemeral photo messaging company posted a $515 million loss last year. Nonetheless, investors have bet on its quickly growing revenue and visionary leader, 26-year-old co-founder CEO Evan Spiegel.

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Give Back While You Shop Online with Amazon Smile

Give Back While You Shop Online with Amazon Smile
Virtually everyone has heard of or even used while shopping online. The multi-department conglomerate continues to be the most popular shopping platform online thanks to its affordable pricing, shipping deals, and incredible support. As the company continues to increase its revenue year-over-year, it also offers the opportunity to give back to its community, donating a portion of each sale to a user-selected charity (as long as the item is eligible).

A Few Non-Profits You Can Contribute to:

The beauty behind this platform is that it allows users to select their preferred non-profit organization that they’d like to donate towards. Additionally, users don’t see any price changes when partaking in this opportunity.
Truth be told, there are an awful lot of charities to choose from. Below, we’ve listed a few non-profit organizations that are supported on the Smile platform and that the shopper can choose to support during each transaction.

  • Best – The non-profit organization Best Friends Animal Society has been around for nearly three decades and aims its efforts on placing animals in foster homes instead of placing them in kill centers.
  • Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital— Focused on finding cures and saving children’s lives is the main objective for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The organization focuses its efforts on finding cures for life-threatening diseases and cancer so that children do not have to suffer.
  • Islamic Relief USA – fighting to make the world a better place for over 25 years, the Islamic Relief USA organization provides a wide array of support for children, refugees, emergency response systems, food aid, women’s support, safe and sanitary water and food distribution, and more.
  • American Red Cross – Offering support around the globe, the American Red Cross offers support and help for those in dire need. The organization offers disaster relief, blood donations, supporting military families, and much more.

In order to partake, users simply need to direct their web browser to // and select their preferred non-profit organization they’d like to contribute to. Once the user has completed shopping, Amazon will donate 0.5% towards the charity previously chosen by the shopper.
Of course, the Smile platform supports many more organizations and is worth taking a look at. Objectively, a 0.5% donation may not sound like much, but in the grand scheme of things, Amazon has donated a considerable amount of money to hundreds of organizations making the world a better place one transaction at a time.

Esteemed Doctor Named to New Board

Esteemed doctor, author and entrepreneur, Margaret Hamburg, MD is congratulated by Parker Institute for Cancer Immunology for her new role as President of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). AAAS made the announcement on January 3rd, 2017 and stated her term began in February. She presently serves as Foreign Secretary National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and on the Board of Directors for Parker Institute. Dr. Hamburg has devoted 28 years developing her professional career serving executive positions and eventually starting her own business. Her resume entails National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and other organizations.

Margaret Hamburg is a graduate from Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and Cornell Weill Medicine at Cornell University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical. In 1989, Dr. Hamburg worked as Assistant Director for Mental Hygiene for one year and joined New York City of Health and Mental Hygiene for six years as Health Commissioner. She also served as Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation for US Department of Health & Human Services in her prior career. In 2001, Margaret became an entrepreneur and started Nuclear Treat Initiative serving as the Founding Vice President for Biological Programs.

Dr. Hamburg became Senior Scientist in 2004 at Nuclear Threat Initiative. The scientist and medicine physician has authored articles and research papers for Science Translational Medicine, Science, and New England Journal of Medicine. She also published her works on Trust for America’s Health, Issues in Science and Technology, Trends in Biotechnology, and Public Health Reports. Her most recent article, the need for global regulatory, harmonization: A Public health imperative is featured in the Science Transitional Medicine Journal, in the May 2016 issue.

While serving as AAAS’s President, she will continue her role serving on the Board for Parker Institute; and keep her position as Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine. Margaret Hamburg, MD will ensure vigorous discoveries continue and are efficiently developed into life-saving treatments and interventions to make a difference in patients’ lives at American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award-winning scientist and doctor received The Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Health Policy by New York Academy of Medicine, in 2015. Forbes placed her on its List of Most Powerful Women in the World from 2011 through 2014 in recognition of her accomplishments.

Where to Look For Art to Buy In Miami

Miami, Florida has a vibrant art scene and it is growing every day. The area is excellent for George Lindemann Jr.and other art collectors looking for a variety of types of art. The art galleries in the Miami area offer contemporary art, traditional fine art, paintings, glass art, sculpture, prints, fine art photography and a wide range of styles of innovative visual art. There are artists, local art galleries, art museums and nonprofit art organizations featuring Latin American art and art from all over the world. The Miami area art galleries can make art collecting a fun, enjoyable, lucrative activity.

Places like the Wynwood Art District, Brickell Downtown, the Design District, Little Haiti, Little Havana, Little River, Ball Harbour, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove are just a few places in Miami that offer excellent options for people looking to purchase art. There are also a number of online galleries like offering quality work as well. There are also a number of artist websites for art brokers, art advisors, art consultants and private dealers where collectors can find help locating a wide variety of art. Miami Art Week allows art collectors to experience the work of a wide range of artists in a short period of time.

There are a number of alternative exhibition spaces and non-profit organizations that offer art services like appraisers, framing and other services. Some popular Miami art galleries collectors can visit include Nina Torres Fine Art, Alfa Gallery, Avant Gallery, Bossa Gallery, MaMan Fine Art, Galleria Ca’D’Oro, Markowicz Fine Art, Opera Gallery, Swampspace and Primary Projects. De la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Locust Projects and the Institute of Contemporary Art also have excellent works of art for sale. Pan American Art Projects offers art from North American and South American cultures.

Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Steven Tyler, Paris Hilton, Elle Macpherson and Lenny Kravitz have all been spotted enjoying the Miami art scene and purchasing art. Places like the Dharma Studio offers exceptional contemporary art by internationally acclaimed and emerging artists. They include original paintings, bronze sculpture, photography as well as limited edition giclees. Many of the art galleries in the Miami area host exhibits by solo artists and groups.

Places like Marcio Decker offer abstract art with layered elements and kinetic properties created with glass lenses. The Miami art scene also feature paintings, photography and mixed media. It is a great area to purchase art.

Commercial Trade Bolsters US-Emirates Relations

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba (, recently discussed plans for growing the commercial relationship between the two countries.

With one of the top ten busiest container ports located in Dubai, and eight of the world’s top economic zones, the UAE is looking more attractive to opportunity hungry US businesses. The sentiment is reciprocal. Emirati business interests in the US, including Florida’s Port Canaveral currently operated by the UAE’s Gulftainer, demonstrate a symbiotic relationship in these nations’ economic ties. This is signified by the more than four hundred percent increase in trade since 2008. US capital also represents one of the largest sources of foreign direct investment in the Gulf state.

The diversity of endeavors includes partnering in the aerospace and defense industries. The Emirates have purchased over $20 billion worth of US defense articles and services over the past decade, and the UAE military boasts the largest fleet of F-16s outside the US. Lockheed Martin, along with NASA, are working with the UAE Space Agency to establish the fundamentals of a space training program. Emirati airlines are the largest buyers of US aircraft and ordered over $120 billion in Boeing passenger craft in 2013 alone.

With its political stability, strong infrastructure, and relative security in a turbulent region, the UAE is positioned as a global hub for accessing emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Taking advantage of the pro-business environment and robust financial services, US companies can project operations from this strategic center between East and West. The high pace of trade and tourism is revealed by the over 280 direct flights to ten US cities every week.

Some of this collaboration occurs in the health care and technology sectors. Joint venture healing institutes, specializing in advanced well-being, pediatric and cancer care, exist in Washington DC, Houston, and Abu Dhabi. Emirati investment has fueled US-based semiconductor manufacturing and prospective undertakings include petrochemicals and telecommunications.

With conflict in Yemen, Libya, and Syria, and belligerence from Iran, the UAE offers a bastion of hope for a more peaceful and economically balanced Middle East. As less than thirty percent of the Emirati economy is derived from the oil sector, the UAE embraces a wide range of trade opportunities.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba concluded that security and prosperity are complementary to a stable Middle East. The US-UAE relationship evinces confidence in its achievement.

Top Boarding Schools In The US

For some students, they will be able to attain success if given the right start at a prestigious boarding school. They will be able to attain the best education available and also make very close friends along the way. The top schools in America not only add a high degree of academics but they are also graded on other criteria as well. Some of the factors that are taken into consideration are:

– The selection process and how strict the criteria for selection for the school is.
– The size of the endowment bestowed upon the school.
Overall SAT scores of the students that are in attendance.

There are review sites online that are dedicated to giving in-depth insight regarding boarding schools and how they are ranked and what their strengths are. The current leader in the nation is Phillips Exeter Academy. This is the second year in a row that they have grabbed the number one spot. Another top boarding school is Blue Ridge School.

Boarding schools have earned a reputation for excellence and are usually exclusive to individuals that are serious about education and getting the best start possible in the pursuit of a great education. A boarding school will give students a chance to learn social skills in all situations and how to live with others in harmony. It will also instill core values and high work ethic under leadership of those like Eric F. Peterson.

Boarding schools promote academic excellence and give students opportunities beyond the boarding school that they would otherwise not have. In a boarding school environment children will have structure and expectations that they must meet. This teaches responsibility and integrity.

A boarding school will show students how to function in an atmosphere where excellence is expected and hard work is the standard. Students that are exposed to this type of environment will take these lessons with them in the future which will prepare them for the next steps in life.

People that attend boarding schools tend to perform better in the professional world because they are instilled with the ideals that are desirable in a seasoned professional and are more likely to climb the ladder of success.

Nail Polish that Detects Drugs Set for 2017 Release

Date rape is a serious problem and it’s growing. Almost one in five women typically are raped during their lifetime. They are often taken advantage of when someone puts the date drug Rohypnol, GHB, ecstasy or Xanax in their drink. Now comes word of a new nail polish set to be released in 2017 that can help women know if their drink has been spiked. The nail polish is produced by a company called Undercover Colors and is designed to change colors when people stick a finger with a painted nail into a tainted drink and move it around.

Four North Carolina State University students created the company. Undercover Colors’ mission is to create wearable protection for women to help further empower them. News of Undercover Colors’ nail polish first started to leak out in 2014.

Recently investors have put up more than $5.5 million to cover the cost of research and development of the polish. The students say they were simply looking for a way to help improve the safety of their female friends when they go on dates or to bars. They entered the nail polish in the North Carolina State University Lulu eGames competition sponsored by North Carolina State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and won the $11,250 first prize.

The students that created Undercover Colors, Ankesh Madan, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Grey and Tasso Von Windheim, are all Materials Science & Engineering majors and they say the college provided invaluable help and support. They used lab space at the College of Veterinary Medicine so they could test for the DEA Schedule 1 and Schedule 3 drugs. Plus Dr. Nathanial Finney from the school’s Chemistry department, their primary technical advisor, is an expert on indicator development. He helped them develop the prototype. The students call their company “The First Fashion Company Empowering Women to Prevent Sexual Assault.”

But taking the nail polish to market requires lots of money for development, testing and more. In addition to the $11,250 they won, the students got $100,000 from an investor when they did a product demo on the K50 Startup Showcase. Then Undercover Colors got a $5.5 million infusion from 49 investors including Cofounders Capital and a mix of small and high dollar investors.

The company is continuing to raise funds to cover production, marketing and other costs associated with bringing a product to stores. The recent wave of investment makes 2017 a realistic release date. Learn more about the nail polish here.